Remember feeling invincible when you were younger? I certainly did until aging and reality gave me a big slap in the face.
As a dancer, I had boundless energy and felt like I had no physical limitations. But life had a funny way of telling me to slow down.
One day I woke up and I felt my knees creak. Gradually, my joints stopped feeling the same and I started experiencing clicking noises every time I got up out of bed.
When I consulted a physical therapist about the annoying problem, he told me my body was just slowly deteriorating with age. Wonderful.
"I turned 29 this year. A few weeks ago, I noticed that getting up in the middle of the night to pee is a nightly occurrence. Since then, I've tried limiting my water consumption 30 minutes before bed, then an hour, now an hour and a half. I STILL get up in the middle of the night to pee no matter what."
"Put my appendix on the left side. Makes me paranoid about ever having an apendicitis and hoping that I have the capacity to tell them it's on the left side and not the right."
"At 21, I learned I am a literal mutant, but instead of it giving me cool super powers, my body develops tumors."
"Edit to add: It's an SDHB mutation."
"I was just shy of 21 when I discovered I have a disease I shouldn't be able to have. My bone marrow is calcifying and making my spleen and liver a bit too big. It really sucks getting news like that so young. How are you these days?"
When Legs Fail You
"When I used to do a lot of long distance cycling I would do some leg training in the winter so im ready by spring. Well, one time after doing a workout, I couldn't get up from the toilet. Like my legs just stopped working. It was pretty bad."
"A few months before turning 24, woke up blind on one eye. Turns out I have multiple sclerosis"
"Same here, I was about 33. Thought it was because I was outside the day before and it had been super bright outside, but it didn't go away after a day. Optometrist to Ophthalmologist to Hospital ER (because it was a Friday evening and they couldn't rule out something like a brain hemorrhage). Finally got my diagnosis from the ER doc at 3:00a Saturday. He admitted it was the first time he'd done that in the ER before."
"Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. My joints randomly dislocate. Just yesterday, I dislocated my sternum. Yes, that's a thing."
"At 25 years old, I had my first ever seizure. It was a 10 minute grand mal seizure, in a restaurant, no less. Almost 14 years later, numerous med combos, dozens of seizures, side effects, and a brain surgery later, no answers. It sucks to know there is no cure, side effects are monstrous, and people don't understand bc you don't 'look sick,' but after they hear the words epilepsy or seizure disorder- let me tell you, you've never seen people run so fast. However, I am currently 23 months seizure free on my current med combo. I have maintained my career successfully over the last 16 years and I am going back for my second masters degree program in January."
"You don't know what you have until you suddenly can't even breathe."
No More Favorite Foods
"It developed allergies of outrageously tasty foods after years and years of consuming and enjoying them."
"Gluten and dairy for me. I can't eat sh*t but health foods now. Pizza is out of the question now. My favorite food."